If English is a second language to you, you may feel anxious, especially when the person you are talking to is a native speaker. How to remove this anxiety? But what is anxiety? The feelings that you get when your heart starts beating faster or you start to shake. You may feel nervous. This is anxiety. So, what should you do to get rid of this? Well, you can always follow the tips given below, but remember; just knowing what you should do is not enough. You need to actually inculcate them in your daily life to fight anxiety.
- Breathe-: Take a deep breath whenever you feel anxious. There are times when you are surrounded by people and you won’t like to do it. But, even in those times, try taking deep breathe; just make sure they don’t see you doing this. The heart that is beating fast calms down when you breathe. So, breathe when you feel anxious.
Walk-: Whenever you feel anxious, may be before a presentation or a meeting, take small walk. May be around your room. It can actually calm you down. By walking I don’t mean that you need to take hours of walk just to improve your speaking.
- Automate Language-: You must have heard the old adage,” practice makes perfect”. Automate language means exactly that. When you practice something again and again, your brain starts doing it automatically for you. So, practice English. Practice the expressions, practice more till you start doing it automatically.
- You need not to be perfect-: When you hear a native speaker, some of you may say wow, they speak so well. But the fact is they make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes in terms of grammar or vocabulary. No one is there to judge you harshly. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you are ready to rectify them or learn from them. Remember, you cannot be perfect on day 1.
- Mantras-: Mantras are the words you say to yourself. For example, you could have a mantra like;” I am a good speaker”. So whenever you make mistake, say it to yourself. Repeat it again. Language is a powerful tool. You become what you say to yourself, because after all that is what you think. Speak positive to you, even in the times of negativity. Speak positive. Keep the flame of hope burning.
Anxiety is just a problem, and like all other problems it also has a solution. Solve it and live your dream.
We often form opinions about people and act acccordingly. But before you act further, I ask you to know the truth.
We often say that the South Indian people of our country know English better than the rest of the people. The results of IELTS have although a different story to tell. In the international English language testing system, Bengalis, malyalis and tamilians and five other Indian language speaking people have been trounced.
We as Indians, often get worried about our culture. Sometimes even start blaming the English language for it. But the fact is that the importance of English cannot be underestimated if we want to connect to the world.
It is hoped that British Council’s analysis of the IELTS scores is a wakeup call for the schools where English is given a step-motherly treatment in India. With this result, we need to also bring our attention to the fact, that often things are not the way, they look like. Underestimating ourselves, thinking that others are better than us, often gives them the advantage they don’t even deserve.
So, anyone out there who thinks that we are ruining our culture running over English, it is time we stop restricting ourselves and start opening ourselves to the wealth of opportunities present outside the country. And then to those who think may be x or may be y is better than you because of whatever reasons you think, remember it doesn’t matter who you are, but what you want to do for your dreams.
So, leave the insecurities, work hard and live your dreams.
Visa applicants to United Kingdom will have to take a new test to demonstrate their English language skills from April 6 this year.
The new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for applicants who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The tests will be applicable to people intending to settle in the UK or join their families there. IELTS global marketing manager at the British Council Stephen Carey said details on the new norms and test would be put up on the website in two weeks. The 16-18 minute A1 level test will assess the applicants’ knowledge on family, hobbies, transport, health, leisure and weather among others, while the 22-minute B1 level test will gauge the applicants’ opinions and views. The number of tests to be taken for the same category visas has been reduced now, Mr. Carey said. When the test is booked, the applicant must specify what the test is for and ensure that the centre is authorised to run the tests.
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